Tag Archives: early modern

How about a game of…

… spot the Crucifixion? The rules are quite simple, really: All you need is a late medieval wall painting, like this one here… … and a guidebook claiming that there’s a Crucifixion scene depicted in said painting. And then you … Continue reading

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A Mural Rising from the Tomb…

When I was in Somerset and Devon last September, I also visited Exeter Cathedral which, among many other notable furnishings and features, also houses what I believe is one of England’s finest wall-paintings from the late 15th / early 16th … Continue reading

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Schallaburg Castle

This past weekend I went to see an exhibition on medieval Byzantium which was held at  Schallaburg Castle, located approximately an hour’s drive west of Vienna. As interesting as the exhibition was, I was even more intrigued by the castle … Continue reading

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Family Business (Part II)

Following up on Sunday’s post, here are five more artistic families from the 15th century: The Vivarini Clan Moving back to Italy, in Venice we meet the Vivarini family, that is brothers Bartolomeo (c. 1432-c. 1499) and Antonio (c. 1440-1480), … Continue reading

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Family Business (Part I)

A few days ago, MutualArt.com posted a feature on lesser known artistic relatives of famous artists. It includes, among others, Gustav Klimt’s younger brother Ernst, Claude Monet’s stepdaughter Blanche, and Pablo Picasso’s father José Ruiz Blasco. The piece ends with … Continue reading

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Speaking of castles…

I’ve always liked the way some castles, pertched on a hill or mountain top, seem to grow directly out of bare rock. One of the finest examples is certainly Riegersburg, a mostly early modern castle in Styria, in southern Austria. … Continue reading

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Searching for the Crucifixion (a google experiment)

As is well known, a large percentage of medieval and early modern art was made for the Church, and therefore it’s always tempting for me to do a topical post whenever one of the major Church holidays comes around. So, … Continue reading

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